Tag: school spending

Georgia legislation would provide school choice in the form of education savings accounts

A bill that would create education savings accounts that participating families could use for private school tuition, homeschooling or other educational expenses passed Georgia’s House Education committee Thursday. House Bill 60 resembles legislation from previous sessions, most notably a school voucher bill introduced by Republican state Rep. Wes Cantrell. Cantrell[Read More…]

NAEP scores: American public schools spend more but deliver less for students, families, taxpayers

The performance of American public schools was in decline before the pandemic struck; based on the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, things are likely to only get worse from here. The data show the average reading score[Read More…]

4 states, including Florida, supporting private schools with COVID-19 relief lead the way on education choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jude Schwalbach, a research assistant at The Heritage Foundation, first published on The Daily Signal. When COVID-19 brought the school year to an abrupt halt early this year, few anticipated that the global pandemic would be the impetus for private school choice reforms across the[Read More…]

A little better all the time, Part 2

Editor’s note: Today, we offer Part 2 of a two-part post from redefinED executive editor Matt Ladner. You can read Part 1 here. Ladner’s commentary ends our series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the K-12 reforms launched by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, collectively known as the A+ accountability plan. One[Read More…]

Don’t know much about school spending

Don’t know much about history Don’t know much biology Don’t know much about science books Don’t know much about the French I took “Don’t Know Much” by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow Education Next recently released its annual poll full of interesting information, including this graphic that shows[Read More…]

Rhode Island: a sickening reminder of why we need to modernize K-12 policy

Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education on Wednesday released a 93-page report of the Providence, Rhode Island, Public School District that provides a useful cautionary tale on how not to structure a K-12 system, reminding us that big spending and strong unions fail to produce learning for kids.  Among the[Read More…]

Disparities in political power undermine education equity

Those of us who are career educators know the veracity of the old saying, “Every education decision is a political decision.” This is especially evident in how school districts and their elected school boards distribute resources. In most school districts, affluent families with political influence have access to more and[Read More…]


The Hypocrisy of the For-Profit Attack

The term “for-profit” has been weaponized in public education by teachers unions and their tribal allies. They wield it against education improvement initiatives they oppose, especially education choice programs not covered by collective bargaining agreements. (Choice programs not operating under collective bargaining, such as Florida’s Voluntary PreK program, are not[Read More…]